The Principles of Design

The Principles of Design

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This book presents the principles of design and constitutes an exposition of the design axioms and their applications; these axioms are the basic principles of design. The work is based on extensive experience at MIT's Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity, where axiomatics is a major programme. It aims to bring a scientific approach to the decision making process related to manufacture - an approach which facilitates rational design of processes, products, and optimization of manufacturing systems. While still controversial, it is attracting increasing interest. Just as there are many design solutions, there must be many diverse attitudes to 'design science'. The axiomatic approach is one of many possible avenues towards this more

Product details

  • Hardback | 418 pages
  • 156 x 238 x 26mm | 680.39g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous line and halftone figures, tables
  • 0195043456
  • 9780195043457

Table of contents

Introduction; Design and design processes; Design axioms and corollaries; The independence axiom and its implications; The information axiom and its implication; Case studies: design of manufacturing process and intelligent machines; Case studies: design products; Case studies involving information content; Case study: design of organization; Mathematical representation of the design axioms and computerized axiomatic system; Summary of axiomatic approach to design; more

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'.. this book bespeaks a deeply serious approach to the design process.' '.. this text offers many interesting and helpful insights which usefully supplement the library.' Journal of Applied Statistics 'authoritative work ... thought provoking ... The examples used to illustrate the ideas put forward are clearly and simply described, with sufficient detail to show the design principles being expounded at work.' Production Planning & Control, Vol.2, No.4show more

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